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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:01

Sport and the Russian Revolution

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Gareth Edwards considers the changing attitudes to sport that resulted from the Russian Revolution. In 1917 the Russian Revolution turned the world upside down, inspiring millions of people with its vision of a society built on solidarity and the fulfilment of human need. In the process it unleashed an explosion…
Football from Below
Friday, 08 September 2017 07:46

Football from Below

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Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football criticises the commercialisation of football, and explores the possibilities of fan culture as a social movement. During the international break, a mini-spat over the England players’ pride – or lack of – in wearing the three lions on their shirt, provided a helpful starting point…
Is football still the game of ordinary working people?
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:01

Is football still the game of ordinary working people?

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Paul Donovan discusses the double-sided character of football in modern capitalist society, and Ben Banyard contributes a poem to accompany his article. The old newsreels of football show mainly men, standing often in flat caps, with scarves and sometimes waving rattles. What a contrast to today, when the football supporters are…
After the eating and drinking, the sporting?
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:42

After the eating and drinking, the sporting?

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Mark Perryman provides a selection of 2017 sporting reads for the post-festive recovery period. There’s nothing like Christmas to put on an inch or two where we don’t want to. Sitting in front of the TV for hours and days on end doesn’t help much either. For many, a New Year’s…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:30

'That's Capitalism!' Football, Fighting and Fashion

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Martin Cloake interviews Phil Thornton, author of Casuals: Football, Fighting and Fashion - The Story of a Terrace Cult. Phil Thornton’s book Casuals is an insightful cult classic. Easily lost in the midst of waves of football counterculture tales – and fairy tales – that clogged up the sports section…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:51

Football's culture wars

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The recent exposure of greed and possible corruption at the highest levels of English football raise questions about the way sport in Britain, under tremendously strong and well-financed commercial pressures, is changing. In the first of a series of articles, Martin Cloake provides an introduction to football's 'culture wars', linking…
Taking our ball back: English football's culture wars
Thursday, 29 September 2016 14:32

Taking our ball back: English football's culture wars

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The recent exposure of greed and possible corruption at the highest levels of English football raise questions about the way sport in Britain, under tremendously strong and well-financed commercial pressures, is changing. In the first of a series of articles, Martin Cloake provides an introduction to some of the issues…
When Pep Met Jose: From Northern Powerhouse to Northern Bauhaus
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:27

When Pep Met Jose: From Northern Powerhouse to Northern Bauhaus

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Professor Steve Redhead discusses the rivalry between Pep and Jose, the absurdities of the English Premier League, the popular culture of Manchester, Northern Powerhouse - and communist football. Manchester is ‘buzzin’, as the locals would say. With the arrival this summer of the two best coaches in modern world football…